Yes, we are here!

At MOTHER EARTH LIVING and MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we have been educating folks about the benefits of self-reliance for 50 years. That includes researching and sourcing the best books and products to help individuals master the skills they need in times like these and beyond. Our online store is open and we are here to answer any questions you might have. Our customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. CDT. We can be reached at 1-800-456-6018 or by email. Stay safe!

DIY: Make Your Own Herbal Bath Bag

| 12/15/2010 10:14:03 AM

C.LeinbachCamille is a licensed aesthetician and operator of Autumn Moon Aesthetics. Her holistic skin care practice incorporates natural, handmade products, herbal therapy, aromatherapy and energetic bodywork. She encourages individuals to become more connected to their body and the Earth by creating natural products themselves at home. Visit her blog at 

Whenever my daughters and I go on adventures in the woods, we take along little bags with us to gather nature’s treasures along the way—sticks, bark, stones, feathers and moss. When we return, we use the treasures to decorate our home or save them for later to adorn houses for our local fairies.

Camille's treasure bag includes oatmeal, sea salt, cocoa and essential oils.
Photo by Camille Leinbach

These bags full of nature’s goodies inspired me to create these herbal “treasure” bags for our baths. The contents, like the outdoors, can change with the seasons or to address specific physical or emotional states.

1. Fill a small muslin drawstring bag (or cheesecloth) with your desired combination of dried or fresh herbs, oatmeal, sea salt, soap shavings, cocoa or shea butter, powdered milk, a few drops of essential oils, drizzles of honey or special stones and crystals or objects you would like to energetically infuse into your bath.

2. Secure the bag to your faucet, turn on warm water and let it flow through the contents, infusing them into the bath. Slip into the tub and lounge in the loveliness you have created!

The following would be a great mix for dry, itchy skin or eczema. Chamomile and calendula act as an anti-inflammatory while the oatmeal helps to soothe itchiness. The milk and shea butter help to moisturize skin.

Dry Skin Bath “Treasure” Bag Mix

For a relaxing bath bag, you might include lavender buds or lavender essential oil. Or, for an uplifting blend, you could try dried peppermint with a few drops of grapefruit or tangerine essential oil.

• 3 tablespoons oatmeal
• 2 tablespoons dried calendula
• 1 tablespoon dried chamomile
• 1 tablespoon powdered milk
• 1 teaspoon shea butter
• 5 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

Get creative, tune into the needs of your body and have fun! Please let me know what you put in your treasure bags!

Subscribe today and save 58%

Get the latest on Healthy Living and Natural Beauty!

Mother Earth LivingRedefine beauty and embrace holistic living with Mother Earth Living by your side. Each issue  provides you with easy, hands-on ways to connect your life with the natural world -- from eating seasonally to culinary and medicinal uses of herbs; from aromatherapy and DIY cosmetics to yoga and beyond. Start your journey to holistic living today and you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter


click me